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Last night’s sensational victory over Linfield was the fifth time in history that Cliftonville had defeated the Blues 4-3.

The first occurred all the way back on September 12, 1896, when the Reds registered an away win that had remained their only League success against Linfield by that scoreline for more than 124 years.

Just eight months later, however, Cliftonville did seal an outrageous City Cup triumph after roaring back from 3-0 down, while the same competition yielded a 4-3 victory in April 1907.

More recently, a 4-3 triumph at Windsor Park kicked off the Reds’ run to Irish Cup glory back in 1979, with last night’s encounter – when Conor McMenamin bagged a double in between Michael McCrudden and Ryan Curran finding the net – completing the set.

This week’s game was, incidentally, the first time Cliftonville had scored four goals against Linfield on Premiership duty since a 4-2 victory at Windsor Park in August 2013, while a win by the same scoreline in November 2011 was the most recent occasion in which the Reds put four past the Blues at Solitude.

A Scoreline Through History
September 12, 1896: Linfield 3-4 Cliftonville
May 1, 1897: Cliftonville 4-3 Linfield
April 6, 1907: Cliftonville 4-3 Linfield
February 3, 1979: Linfield 3-4 Cliftonville
January 26, 2021: Cliftonville 4-3 Linfield